This time last year, Mo'Nique was best known as a stand-up comedian. But, after the 82nd Academy Awards, she'll forever be remembered as the recipient of a Best Supporting Actress statuette.
Mo'Nique won for her gritty role in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, and during her acceptance speech, she addressed the "politics" of Oscar night.
Over the past few months, Mo'Nique has been criticized in the press for not promoting her film, which she says is inaccurate. "Everybody kept saying, 'She won't promote the movie,'" she says. "I've done [The Oprah Show], and I've talked about the movie twice."
After delivering a gut-wrenching performance, Mo'Nique didn't attend every premiere or press junket because she wanted to restore balance in her life. "Not only am I a late-night talk show host, not only am I an actress, not only am I a stand-up comedian, I'm also a mother," she says. "And I'm also a wife."